About Us

Under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), an initiative was taken to the sub-project “Strengthening of Digital Library and Information digital access to different library resources for National Agriculture Research System in India which comprises of Agriculture Research Institutions and State Agricultural Universities. Under this initiatives a digital repository “Krishikosh” (http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/) and digital library platform “IDEAL” (http://ideal.egranth.ac.in/) has been developed for capturing, digitizing and online sharing of library resources in order to cater to the increasing need of the Scientists, Researchers, Faculty and extension community. These two products of E-Granth, Krishikosh and IDEAL can be used by all SAU’s/Deemed Universities/Central Universities and ICAR institutes.

For strengthening and sustainability of E-Granth, ICAR has institutionalized E-Granth under Division of Agricultural Education to ensure its continued services by intrusting this responsibility to AKMU, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. 


Krishikosh a Digital Repository of NARES


 Under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), an initiative was taken in the sub-project “Strengthening of Digital Library and Information Management under NARES (E-Granth)”which provides digital access to different library resources for National Agriculture Research System in India which comprises of Agriculture Research Institutions and State Agricultural Universities.In this initiatives a digital repository “Krishikosh” (http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/) and digital library platform “IDEAL” (Indian Digital Ensemble of Agricultural Libraries) (http://ideal.egranth.ac.in/) has been developed for capturing, digitizing and online sharing of library resources in order to cater to the increasing need of the Scientists, Researchers, Teachers and extension community. Under the ICAR's Open Access policy, Krishikosh provides ready software platform to implement all aspects of the open access policy, similar to ‘Cloud Service’ for individual institution’s self-managed repository with central integration. IARI is hosting the ‘Krishikosh’ Repository at AKMU Data Centre of IARI. Krishikosh is a customized implementation of open source software ‘DSpace’.  Under Krishikosh, 59 SAUs (including Deemed University under ICAR) and 34 ICAR Institutes are giving the contribution. In accordance to the ICAR open access policy, it is mandatory to keep a digitized repository of the resources (including thesis) for each Institution. The efforts were made for uploading the thesis and other contents in the Institutional repository by the respective Institute and University on the priority basis (upto 03 December, 2016 more than 29000 thesis are uploaded in Krishikosh repository, besides these more than 74 thousand articles including the thesis are available in this repository) 


Integrated Digital Ensemble of Agricultural Libraries (IDEAL)


 To strengthen the digital library initiatives, more advanced Library Management Software, compliant to open international standards is necessary for easy data portability and data sharing. Koha is open source software which has been identified for implementation in the NARES libraries with expert support, intensive trainings. In-house capacity building has been part of the strategy. All further advanced library automation system like RFID for automated library services can be built only on robust Library Management System compliant to international standards for data compatibility and portability. Koha has been implemented in the 37 libraries under NARES. Koha is a full featured Integrated Library System (ILS), downloadable free under GNU General Public License, maintained by a dedicated team of software providers and library technology Koha OPAC page at IARI, New Delhi professionals from around the globe. It can be accessed at http://ideal.egranth.ac.in.  All the libraries of NARES can join IDEAL platform to get themselves integrated to Virtual Digital Library of NARES and get freedom from maintaining hardware and software locally for day to day functioning of their own library. This enables them to focus more on their core competency of managing their library more efficiently.